Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good news if you hate blood draws

When my sister was a kid she had to have surgery to remove a bone fragment from her elbow.  When they went to put the IV in, they couldn't find her vein at first -- apparently she was so nervous that it constricted.

I've never had that problem, as I have veins that stand out pretty prominently, especially once you put a tourniquet on.  I have one good vein especially that is the number one choice for blood draws.  But my veins do roll sometimes, so I have been poked over and over before in an attempt to get blood or place an IV.  It's not fun.

There is hope though, in the form of this new invention!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What about that annual physical?

On the subject of obsessing about your health, which I posted about last week: What about annual physicals?  Aren't they supposed to be good for you?

NPR ran this article last week as well, which, if I hadn't been so busy and distracted, I meant to blog about sooner.

Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Can you pay TOO much attention to your health?

Years ago, my first endocrinologist checked my full labs at every visit.  We're talking every three months, four times a year.  It never occurred to me that this might be a bad thing.  In fact, I thought it was necessary because I was diabetic, and surprised when I switched endos and my new doctor only checked once a year.  Ish.

Turns out now that there are studies that say that obsessing over your health can actually make you sicker.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

When statins aren't necessary any longer

I was happy to see this article on NPR's Facebook feed the other day:

If You're Going To Die Soon, Do You Really Need Statins?

Why we need a study to tell us that terminally ill people can and should stop taking any drugs that aren't completely necessary at that stage in their lives, I don't know, but I'm pleased with the findings.

Going off statins didn't cause a significant increase in heart attack risks or hasten death, the study found. People lived about seven months from the start of the study. And though there weren't significant differences in quality of life, people did say they felt better and were happier to be taking fewer medications.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tips for making shots less painful

This morning two women at Starbucks were talking about how the one woman's daughter was going to need daily shots for something (I didn't catch what).  I felt bad about inadvertently overhearing, but as soon as she mentioned shots, I was paying attention, by choice or not.  Since I'm diabetic and I take shots all the time, it caught my attention, especially since she was talking about giving them to a little girl.

I gave her some quick advice on making the shots less traumatic: Get her to relax first (so that the shot hurts less going in), and give the injection slowly (so that it doesn't burn).  I wish I'd had more time to explain though, as it needed a more detailed explanation.

If I'd had more time, this is what I would have said.  This is what I've learned with my insulin injections, but I think it applies to other shots as well.

Are new insulins better or just better promoted?

Today I saw this frustrating article on my Facebook feed:

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

The article talks about how the older kinds of insulins -- and we're talking about really old, back when insulin used to be harvested from animals -- is still available in other countries, and provides a more affordable alternative to the more modern insulins.

Although this doesn't me (I understand why people would want a cheaper alternative available, even though there is a very good reason we went away from these insulins), there are also things in this article that infuriate me.